“Travels to a Different Time” : September 1988: Sosua, Dominican Republic: The Restaurant Scene

Most of the restaurants are in the town of Sosua. If there is any “formal dining” it would be in a few of the hotels. Amigo’s was quite good with excellent seafood. Newosol also has excellent seafood. Marco Polo’s has superb Tiberon and a dynamite creole octopus stew. Then there is the iconic Woody’s with the best grilled chicken I have had and the chicken I am sure is local and free range. At our Playa Chiquita Hotel there is piano bar called Pappy’s. An older black American plays the piano at cocktail hour. Pappy has a dozen children and is married to a local. With so many children it is no surprise they call him Pappy!

The Future of Sosua

For the time being Sosua is just starting to develop and give it a few more years and it will lose it rural charm and be a hot destination for budget travellers. Get ready for high rises and all you can eat buffets. Given the warm and clear waters, the hot climate blessed by a refreshing breeze, cheap alcohol and food and friendly people this quiet town is heading for mega development. As for Montezuma’s revenge aside from some questionable shrimp I escaped that scourge. In the room above me one night a German couple was puking and running to the toilet for hours with lots of moans, gas and vomit. Stay away from the raw veggies.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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